Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District

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Isanti SWCD

Serving the residents and conserving our natural resources

The Mission of the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide guidance, to inspire action, and to bring innovative resources to the table so that people can become leaders in keeping land and water healthy for future generations.
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SWCD Supervisors Up for Election

Run to be an Isanti SWCD Supervisor

Individuals interested in natural resources and water quality should consider running to be a Supervisor on the Isanti SWCD Board.

SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place in November 2024. Three SWCD Supervisor positions will be up for election this year:

District 1 - Maple Ridge, Stanchfield, Dalbo Townships

District 3 - Spencer Brook, Wyanett, Stanford Townships

District 4 - Cambridge Township

In order to run you must live in the district you will run in, file for candidacy during the filing period May 21st -June 4th with an affidavit of candidacy and pay the filing fee. Commitments include attending our monthly board meeting, participating in subcommittee meetings, and possibly representing the SWCD in other organizations. Monthly time commitments are typically 4 -12 hours. Supervisors' primary responsibilities are to set the district’s priorities and vision while supporting the staff’s work to achieve their goals.

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Funding for Well Sealing

60% Cost-Share for Well Sealing

We have funding for well sealing! The Isanti SWCD will reimburse landowners 60% of the total cost to seal the well. For this opportunity, the well must be located in the Rum River Watershed - which contains most of Isanti County.

Contact Lydia Godfrey to get started by emailing Lgodfrey@isantiswcd.org or calling 763-689-3271.

Keith Stamm Selected as Outstanding Conservationist

Congratulations to Keith Stamm, recipient of the 2023 Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservationist Award! Each year, the Isanti SWCD recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources. This year, the Isanti SWCD board of supervisors voted unanimously to name Keith Stamm an Outstanding Conservationist in recognition of his proactive efforts in building and promoting Soil Health.
Read about Keith's conservation work

Aquatic Invasive Species 2023 Report

Read About the Actions Taken in 2023 to Prevent the Spread of AIS

Isanti County and Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District work in partnership to complete actions that will prevent and mitigate the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and provide education and outreach to the public. We have published a report of the actions taken in 2023.

Read The Report

Wetland Restoration Completed on Green Lake

We installed a wetland restoration on County Ditch 23. This restoration will prevent 49 lbs of phosphorus and 17 tons of sediment from entering Green Lake annually.

A video was taken showing the project installation and the final restored wetland. Click the button below to view it.

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When Development Comes to Town

Watch this animated video that tackles some of the challenges and opportunities presented by growth in our small communities. The video masterfully weaves together complex insights and simple practicality about planning for development while maintaining natural resources and community character.
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Alum Treatment Completed on Blue Lake

Alum Treatment Success on Blue Lake!

The Isanti SWCD secured a Clean Water Fund Grant to perform an alum treatment on Blue Lake that was done on September 14th. The treatment would not be possible without the Blue Lake Improvement District, who is providing a necessary 25% grant match and have been working with the Isanti SWCD to make this a reality. The Isanti SWCD has been working to protect the health of Blue Lake by completing conservation projects in the area surrounding the lake. Now, an alum treatment has been identified as the next most logical and cost-effective way to protect Blue Lake.
Learn About the Alum Treatment

Learn to Find Aquatic Invasive Species

Watch Our "How to Identify Zebra Mussels" Video

Watch this short video to learn how to find zebra mussels. These small creatures are very damaging to a lake's ecosystem and recreation. Unfortunately, once they are in a lake, zebra mussels are impossible to eradicate, making prevention the best method. You can help by learning how to identify these creatures and remembering to clean, drain, and dry your watercraft.
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Our Green Lake Mission
We have made a lot of progress towards our goal of getting Green Lake off the impaired waterbodies list! 2023 was the third year of a 16-year grant program to improve the health of Green Lake. The first phase of the grant is finding projects that have a direct impact on the lake.

We have made a short storyboard that will take you through the progress made on Green Lake.

View the Storyboard

Local Farmer Vows to Protect Clean Water

Holly Pearson and Rocky DeVries are one of the dedicated farmers in Minnesota who can proudly display the MAWQCP sign on their property. MAWQCP stands for Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, a voluntary initiative recognizing farmers who implement and maintain best practices to protect water quality. To become certified, farmers have to undergo an assessment of their land and water resources and adopt a conservation plan that meets or exceeds state standards. Holly and Rocky have done that on their small livestock farm outside Isanti, where they raise goats, sheep, and horses. Holly stated it was important for their farm to get certified because they "are into conservation. We are in favor of putting carbon back in the ground and protecting clean water." They use many tactics on their farm to capture carbon and protect water quality. Their farm practices prescribed grazing, which means they rotate their animals among different pastures to improve and diversify its biology. They also no-till their fields to prevent erosion and protect water quality. Holly keeps a beautiful pollinator garden of native species and keeps honey bees to pollinate her crops and flowers. Their farm is dedicated to conservation because, as Holly sees it, conservation means "leaving your farm or property better than you found it".

Holly Pearson is not only a certified water steward, but also a leader in the local sustainable farming community. She serves on the local Sustainable Farming Association board, sharing her knowledge and experience with other farmers who want to improve their environmental performance. Holly and Rocky are examples of how farming can be both profitable and eco-friendly and how MAWQCP can help farmers achieve both goals.

For the latest happening at the Isanti SCWD, please view or download our newsletter.

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2023 was a busy year for Isanti SWCD. Click here to read all about our most recent Conservation programs and priorities. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our Federal, State, and Local partners who support our mission to preserve, protect, and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources in Isanti County. We’re already planning great things for 2024, including having a new no-till drill and a tree planter available to rent, starting an Isanti County farmer-led group, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake and Skogman Lake, and having the final alum treatment on Blue Lake.

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One of our conservation technicians got to speak with KBEK about their work. Todd Kulaf discussed the Isanti SWCD and his conservation project at Spectacle Lake. Thank you to KBEK for talking to us! If you missed it you can listen to it here.

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  • View a map of all completed SWCD projects. Click on individual projects to read more about them.
    We have made a lot of progress towards our goal of getting Green Lake off the impaired waterbodies list! In 2021, we began a 16-year grant program to improve the health of Green Lake. We have made a short storyboard to take you through everything we have done on Green Lake.
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    Oak wilt, caused by the non-native fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, is responsible for killing large numbers of oak trees annually in Minnesota. Oak Wilt is most severe in red oak group species such as Northern Red Oak and Northern Pin Oak. Residents can call the SWCD and the Isanti County Parks Department for names of contractors who can help with trees and root trenching on their property.
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    The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/acre. Rental must be within 20 miles of the City of Isanti. Rental has a $150 minimum fee within Isanti County. Rental minimum outside of Isanti county is $250. A $161.81 damage deposit is required at the time of rental. For safety reasons, we ask that you don't drive over 20 mph while towing the seeder. Call Matthew Remer at 763-689-3271 to schedule.